How Does it Work?

How Does it Work?

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides.

All OHD tours are completely FREE! 

What to expect?

Our friendly, helpful OHD guides and volunteer stewards will be at each building to greet and assist you. Building tours are led by the architect or a person very familiar with the building. They will be sharing their knowledge and insight, but they're keen to chat too and welcome your questions.

Open House Building Tours

Just Turn Up: The majority of our building tours are on a first come first served basis so just turn up during the listed opening times and join the next available tour.

Lottery: For a small number of buildings, a lottery system operates due to restricted numbers, security or the sensitive nature of the building..

Registration: Open from 9th September until 23rd September. Go to the individual building page on this website.

Notification: The lucky lottery draw winners will be given two spots on the tour, so bring someone special to share the experience with. You will receive your confirmation email including the time of your tour and the meeting point/address.

Cancellation: If you can’t accept your win, please let us know as we would be delighted to give someone else the opportunity.

Names are drawn at random. We do ask that you register only once per individual building. It doesn't increase your chances!

Open House Plus
This includes walks, cycling and bus tours, exhibitions and performances.
Check out the event booking details carefully on the event page on this website.
First come first served: please arrive 10-15mins before the tour start time so the event can run smoothly. Book in advance: please use the event contact details provided to book your place.

To see a full list of what is included in this year's Open House Plus programme, click HERE

Open House Junior
These events are specially designed for children, families and young people.
Check out the event booking details carefully on the Open House Dublin website. Is it “just turn up” or “book in advance”?
 If you need to book, please use the booking contact details provided. 
If its “just turn up” please be on time so the event can run smoothly.

To see a full list of what is included in this year's Open House Junior programme click HERE

Help us help you
Please give us your feedback through our online survey or fill out a short questionnaire available from volunteers.
We need to know if you like what we do and how we can do it better, so that we can continue to improve OHD each year!

Where to get more information
It’s all here….
Get the most up-to-date news via
Twitter: @IAFarchitecture #openhousedublin
Instagram: @irisharchitecturefoundation

Info hub: This year the OHD Info Hub is based in the IAF’s new HQ, 15 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1 from 12 September until 16 October. Here our OHD volunteers will be happy to assist you with booking, general queries and lottery registration. Mon-Fri, 12:00-16:00 Call 085 277 6905 or 085 147 0617.

Please remember…
We’re here to help – all OHD volunteers and guides are graciously giving up their time in order for OHD to be a fantastic success, so please be patient and expect queues.

The opening times, security arrangements and refusal of entry are controlled by the owners of each building. Please respect building owners and their privacy, and be mindful of noise and photo-taking.

Some buildings have limited space and access.

Participation in any OHD event is at your own risk.

Tours are organised by the participating institutions in cooperation with the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). The IAF has taken all reasonable care to verify the information provided and cannot accept responsibility for any variation from the details published here.